|Judith K. Witherow (photo by Sue Lenaerts)|
To wit, she is a poet, essayist, and storyteller. A mixed-blood, two-spirit (lesbian), Native American Irish woman raised in rural Appalachian poverty. Witherow writes about her life experiences with disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and class from a perspective influenced by her early heritage.
Judith's attentions to feminist issues were always encapsulated by her greater understanding of class and race. Following the initial excitement of the women's movement was the disillusionment that newly won 'rights' were for middle-class women who wanted an equal arena with men. very little has changed for women of her background" (Strong Enough to Bend, p 163).
Judith Witherow speaks truth to power in ways that make us squirm and make us question, and in the squirming and the questioning we find out what is authentic and what is distraction or opportunistic.
Now, more than ever, class is the elephant in the living room and the rhetorical bullshit tossed around because, let's face it, American individualism is really all about me-me-me and our immediate interests---unless of course there's a catastrophe and we all weep and wail to ease out collective conscience.
Witherow's new book of essays, Strong Enough to Bend, is hot off the press, and if you want to read something with teeth and discover an essayist bursting with insight, passion, humor, and plain-speaking, check it out. Click on the link and grab a copy. You won't regret the effort!
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